Fish Tacos with Frozen Fish Sticks is the easiest weeknight dinner when you are short on time. Corn tortillas are loaded with fish sticks, creamy sriracha sauce and all the taco fixins!
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Fish Tacos with Frozen Fish Sticks
Crispy baked fish sticks straight from the frozen aisle, creamy ripe buttery avocado, crispy green or purple cabbage, spicy jalapeño, fresh cilantro, sweet spicy red onions, charred corn tortilla with an ADDICTING creamy, spicy and tangy Sriracha sauce!
It all comes together in the time it takes to bake those frozen fish sticks. It is the easiest weeknight dinner, lunch or fancy enough for company. Crispy, Spicy, Tangy, Creamy, Crunchy!!!
When our children were young, chicken nuggets with ketchup or fish sticks with some tartar sauce used to be huge hits. Now that they are well into their teens, they enjoy meals that are packed with chock-full of flavor. YAY!
How to cook fish sticks?
In Air fryer
Set the air fryer to 400 degrees F and air fry for 8 minutes. Flip them over and cook for additional 2 to 4 minutes or until crispy. If you want them super crispy, leave in an extra minute or so.
Set the oven to 425 degrees F and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Flip them over after about 10 minutes to give a crispy crust.
How to char tortillas?
In a gas stove
Using tongs, place tortilla, one at a time, directly over low-medium flame. As soon as it starts to brown, flip to color the other side and then take off heat.
In an electric stove
Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat and let it get very hot. Place a tortilla on the skillet and turn over when it feels warm to the touch, turn over and let warm for a few seconds and quickly keep them wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.
In a skillet
Cook tortillas in a cast iron skillet – Place them in a hot cast iron skillet, for about 15 to 30 seconds on each side. You want to look few browned or darkened spots on both sides. Keep them warm wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.
Flour or Corn Tortillas?
Corn tortillas is the way to go for simple fish tacos. It helps to boost the overall flavor profile. Flour ones are more suitable for burritos, wraps or quesadillas.
Are fish sticks healthy?
Yes! Fish is generally high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins and nutrients like iodine, selenium, and vitamin B12.
Can I use homemade fish sticks?
If you are looking for a homemade recipe for fish sticks, then we highly recommend this easy air fryer tilapia instead of the frozen fish sticks for these tacos.
- Frozen Fish sticks
- Corn tortillas
- Sriracha Sauce
- Tacos Fixins – Avocado, cabbage, jalapeno, onion, cilantro and lime.
Pro Tips for Success
Use coleslaw mix instead of cabbage.
Charred corn tortillas is optional, but it makes the tortilla pliable and helps in adding a touch of complex flavors. Keep them wrapped in a clean kitchen towel until serving time.
- Burrito bowl – Skip tortillas, assemble all ingredients with cilantro lime rice.
- Lettuce wraps – Top lettuce cups with fish sticks, sriracha sauce, avocado and slaw.
- Gluten free – Use gluten free corn tortillas or almond flour tortillas instead.
But, there are many days that I just need something quick for lunch or dinner that takes little or no effort.
Freezer to the rescue! Frozen fish sticks, chicken nuggets, Baked Chicken meatballs with Cauliflower and Carrot, Cheesy Oat Bites or this Homemade Corn Dog Bites.
How to make easy fish tacos?
Step-1: Bake Fish sticks according to package instructions.
Step-2:While the fish is baking you prep all the other ingredients, so when the fish comes out of the oven, you have dinner/lunch ready.
Step-3 : Make creamy Sriracha sauce – just stir all ingredients together. Add Sriracha according to your taste and adjust accordingly.
Step-4: Char corn tortillas. Place a tortilla over open flame on your gas stove until it begins to blister on one side, turn over and cook on other side. Keep charred tortillas wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.
Step-5: Chop cabbage, cilantro, red onion and jalapeño. Hold on to prepping avocado until serving time.
Step-6: Eat. Place 2 fish sticks in each tortilla, followed by some shredded cabbage, red onion, avocado, jalapeño, cilantro and generous drizzle of the creamy Sriracha sauce.
How to pack Easy Fish Tacos for lunch?
Place baked and cooled fish sticks, topping into a lunch box. Wrap warm tortillas in foil and place on the side along with creamy Sriracha sauce in small jello shot containers.
More fish recipes to try for dinner-
Easy Fish tacos with Frozen Fish Sticks
- 16 frozen fish sticks
- 8 medium corn tortillas
Easy Fish Taco toppings
- 2 cups shredded green or purple cabbage
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1 large ripe avocado, sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Bake frozen fish sticks according to package instructions. While the fish is baking – prep fish taco toppings, char tortillas and make creamy Sriracha sauce.
- Hold tortilla with a tong and place over open flame on your stove top, until the edges begin to blister. Turn over and repeat. Keep charred tortillas wrapped in a kitchen towel until serving time. How to char tortillas in electric stove? Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat and let it get very hot. Place a tortilla on the skillet and turn over when it feels warm to the touch, turn over and let warm for a few seconds and quickly keep them wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.
Make Creamy Sriracha Sauce
- Stir all creamy Sriracha ingredients together and store in refrigerator, until serving time. If using greek yogurt, then stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons water to get the sauce to the right consistency.
To serve easy fish tacos with frozen fish sticks
- Place two fish sticks on each tortilla followed by toppings and a generous drizzle of creamy Sriracha sauce. Serve with lime wedges on the side.
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